John R. 'Jack' Drew Sr.

Manager, Musician

John R. "Jack" Drew Sr., 77, who as a teenager played horn instruments in the Washington Redskins band and who worked as a manager for several area companies, died of cancer July 31 at his son's home in Barstow, Calif.

Before moving to California in the 1980s, Mr. Drew was a manager with Fairlane Bowling in College Park and Marlow Heights. He also drove a truck for Rock Creek Bottling Co., was a manager with a Pabst Blue Ribbon distributing company in the late 1960s, and managed a paint store in Bladensburg.

Music was his first love, said his son, Bob Drew. He was 14 when he started playing in the Washington Redskins band. He continued to play throughout his life at various venues across the area. While he could play any horn, he played mostly the cornet. One of the highlights of his musical career was playing with the stage band on "The Jimmy Dean Show" in the late 1950s.

Mr. Drew was born in Philadelphia and moved to Washington when he was 6. He graduated from Eastern High School and attended Georgetown University and George Mason University.

He served in the Navy during World War II as a hospital apprentice in Bethesda and in the Marine Corps during the Korean War, playing in the band at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Mr. Drew was a former resident of Camp Springs. He was a member of the American Legion and a past member of both Elks Lodge 1778 in Riverdale, which he managed in the 1970s, and the Loyal Order of the Moose in Clinton.

His marriage to Joyce Drew ended in divorce. A daughter, Janice Roman, died in 2000.

In addition to Bob Drew of Barstow, survivors include seven children, John Drew Jr. of Deale, Md., Larry Drew of Jacksonville, Fla., Jimmy Drew of Accokeek, Bill Drew of Twentynine Palms, Calif., Brenda Kiker of Bel Alton, Md., Valerie Trefry of Waldorf and Marilyn Jones of Kingman, Ariz.; two sisters; 28 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Anne E. Mehler


Anne E. Mehler, 81, a volunteer and a founding member of the Maryland Homeowners Association, died after a heart attack Aug. 13 at her home in Rockville.

She held a number of paid jobs, including serving as a staff member of the first Surgeon General's Advisory Committee on Smoking in 1964. She was primarily a life-long activist in political and social organizations.

For years, she served as president and program director of Seniors Organized for Change at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington. She volunteered for many Democratic political campaigns, local and national, and recently for the Chris Van Hollen campaign for Congress in suburban Maryland. She also volunteered with Hadassah, the Jewish Social Services Agency and the Literacy Council of Montgomery County to teach immigrants English.

Mrs. Mehler was a member of Congregation Tifereth Israel of Washington. She enjoyed gardening and flower arranging.

She was born in St. Louis and lived in the Washington area from 1951 to 1964 and from 1983 until her death. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Her husband of 57 years, Dr. Alan H. Mehler, died in 2001.

Survivors include her four children, Dr. Louise Mehler of Sacramento, Calif., Edith Maor of Arad, Israel, Dr. Ronald Mehler of Dallas and David Mehler of Bethesda; and five grandchildren.

Bea H. Hansen


Bea Hoenninger Hansen, 86, a volunteer for area Girl Scouts and several other organizations, died of cancer Aug. 19 at Brooke Grove Nursing Home in Sandy Spring.

She was born in New York City and raised in Yonkers, N.Y. When her three brothers joined the Navy during World War II, she quit school to join, too. Just a hair under five feet tall, she stretched herself on a metal bed for weeks until she could pass the Navy's height requirement for enlistees.

She served as a secretary to Adm. Harry E. Yarnell in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington. She was discharged in 1945.

Mrs. Hansen married and began to raise a family. She served as a secretary for the Citizens' Committee for Peace With Freedom in Vietnam from 1967 to 1972 and for the Committee on the Present Danger from 1976 to 1987.

She also volunteered at the White House during the Ford administration, writing thank-you notes for Betty Ford after her surgery.

She was one of a small group of parishioners who made needlepoint cushions for the altar at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kensington. She also was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bethesda and Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Silver Spring. She was on the local board of the directors of the National Christ Child Society.

Mrs. Hansen belonged to Silver Spring's Argyle Country Club, where she enjoyed playing golf and bridge and bowling, gardening, needlepoint and crossword puzzles.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Corwin "Corky" Hansen of Silver Spring; two daughters, Lee Harrison of Wadsworth, Ohio, and Elizabeth Monroe of San Ramon, Calif.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.